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Preparing your home for sale

How to get your home ready for sale.  Expert tips to get the best value

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When it comes to selling your property, the first few weeks that your home is on the market are the most critical moments of selling. This period is when you stand the best chance of selling for the best possible price.

Presentation is almost everything. You only have one chance to make a great first impression. Things as small as a squeaky front door or chipped paint could throw dampen a buyer’s impression before they even step foot into your home. Simple things can imply poor property maintenance – which is a doubt you do not want present at all.

The right property management agent will be able to help identify any potential problems, and should have access to stylists who can work to increase the price of your home.

Should I renovate before selling my home?

In some cases, renovations can make a huge difference in your selling price. In some suburbs, major renovations have seen an increased sale price of as much as $100,000.

However, not all suburbs work the same. There are some areas where renovations or improvements cannot break through a ceiling price. So, you won’t see a similar return on investment.

It is strongly advised to speak to an experienced real estate agent before you undertake any renovations.

What should I do outdoors before selling my home?

As a general rule of thumb, you want to make sure that your home is as neatly presented as possible. The more orderly (and homely) it looks, the more people will be drawn to it.

This principle also applies to your outdoor area. Here are a few things to keep in mind when tending to your outdoor sections before opening your home for house inspections.

  • Tidy your garden, mow the lawn, sweep the driveway and pathways
  • Clean the windows and doors
  • Clean the gutters
  • Remove grime or peeling paint
  • Brush cob webs away
  • Repair fencing
  • Prune trees so access is easy throughout your property
  • Create a welcoming entrance with a doormat and pot plants for aesthetics

What should I do indoors before selling my home?

Just as you would want to keep things orderly outside, you should make them even more tidy inside.

View the indoor space of your home as a sanctuary. It is the place where someone needs to feel safe, comfortable, and at ease – enough to picture themselves living here in peace.

So, to help them reach that vision, here are a few things you should get started on.

  • Dust window frames and sills
  • Clean your home thoroughly (use a professional cleaner if you don’t have the time or need a good clean)
  • Put a fresh coat on old paint
  • Replace low cost items like door and cupboard handles
  • Air out your home to get rid of any unpleasant odours
  • Get rid of clutter to make sure there is plenty of space to move freely around the house
  • Organise wardrobes and cupboards to maximise space efficiency
  • Add some welcoming touches such as a fresh bouquet of flowers

What if my house isn’t selling?

The key red flag of not getting the best price for your house is if it doesn’t sell within a month of being listed on the market. Typically, the reason is in the price being too high, or that the home isn’t presented in an appealing way for buyers.

When this happens, it is advised that you take your home off the market to deal with the issues at hand. Once fixed, relaunch your sale with the guidance of a good property management provider.

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